Thursday, January 21, 2010

Project #1 "I'm Bananas 4 You!

Here it is! Our very first layout for Cricut Cuteness (click on picture to enlarge)!! I wanted to do something with a Valentine theme and the monkey on the Sweethearts cartridge inspired me to create this. I have to give credit to my dear friend Cheryl...the tutu on the little monkey was her idea and handiwork (using some tulle and pearl ribbon she had in her stash). Isn't it CUTE?? I love the way it turned out.

I wanted the monkeys to be 3 dimensional. So, I cut out the base for each monkey in dark brown twice. Between each layer, I put pop dots. Then, to the top layer I added the face, ears, etc. Here is a picture to give you a better idea of how I did this:

A few other notes: In each corner, I wrapped the monkey's tail around the branch before adhering it to the page. I also chalked all of my pieces before gluing anything down.

For this project you will need:
2 12x12 sheets of blue
2 12x12 sheets of dark brown
2 12x12 sheets of yellow
1 12x12 sheet of green
1 12x12 sheet of light brown
1 12x12 sheet of white
scrap of pink cardstock for small hearts & mouth of the monkey on top of page 2 (I used EK Success small paper shaper punch for this)
4 rhinestones (I chose 3 pink and one purple)
6 googly eyes
tulle (gather it through a piece of floss), then add pearl ribbon on the upper fringe.
**If you're anything like me, you probably have tons of scrap paper in your stash. Feel free to use these up when making diecuts for your pages. It'll save you a little money...perhaps to invest in more cartridges! :o) **

Cartridges used:
New Arrival
Animal Kingdom
Disney's Happily Ever After
Life's a Beach

Title ~ 3" (Sweethearts cart.)
Monkey (swinging from branch)~(Sweethearts cart.) 5" . For the one on the top of pg. 2, be sure to hit the "flip" button.
Monkey (standing)~ bottom of page 2~(New Arrival cart.) 5"
Crown~ (Disney's Happily Ever After cart.) 1.5"
(9) bananas~(Animal Kingdom cart.) each 5.5"
(17) leaves~ (Life's a Beach cart.) each 1.5"
Photo Mats:
Page 1
(1) 3"x4"
(1) 4"x6"
(1) 2.75" x 3.75"
(1) 3.75" x 5.75"
Page 2
(1) 3" x 4"
(1) 4" x 5.5"
(1) 2.75"x 3.75"
(1) 3.75" x 5.25"

If you have any questions about anything, please don't hesitate to contact me. And feel free to leave a comment. I love hearing your thoughts and suggestions! Hope you like it!

Until next time... wishing you all a great weekend!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Facebook Users

In case any of you might be interested, last night I set up a Facebook page specifically for this blog. If you would like to join, just click on the "become a fan" button to the right of this post.

I thought it would be a wonderful tool for us to get to know one another, share our work, or to hear your feedback. I really want to know your thoughts on the projects...and also what you would like to see offered. And most of all, I thought it would be fun if you would share some of your own creations based on the projects you find here. So feel free to write on the wall and also chat with one another. You are also more than welcome to post comments below any of my posts. I love and welcome ANY whichever you prefer.

Thank you to those who took the time to follow this blog. I hope in the days, weeks and months to come, that you find something useful to you.

Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Something new!

In light of my new year's resolution to make more time for my scrapbooking, I've decided to set up a new blog to keep me motivated. It seems that many blogs offer alot of inspiration in the form of cards, altered items or home decor. So, I would like to offer something a little different.

I would love to share some inspiration with you in the form of where my passion lies: scrapbook pages using my Cricut machine. Now, there will be times that I will make cards for holidays or other special occassions. And, of course, I would love to share those with you. However, this blog's primary focus will be layouts. As much as I love any paper crafts, I think it's important to preserve our memories for generations to come. You can also expect to find some cute pet page ideas! Pets are such an important part of our families and it's my feeling that there are not enough layouts out there featuring our furry friends.

My goal is to update this blog often and provide all the details you need to complete these pages for your own albums. Some details will be written, while others will be video demos that you can do along with me. My hope is you'll stop by often and enjoy the projects found here. Lots of fun stuff to come...stay tuned!

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